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Tear gas ends standoff in Mesa after high-speed chase

Tear gas pours from a red sedan before the driver gave himself up to Mesa police Monday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News) Tear gas pours from a red sedan before the driver gave himself up to Mesa police Monday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Mesa police and SWAT officers deal with the driver of a red sedan after a high-speed chase Monday. (Source: CBS 5 News) Mesa police and SWAT officers deal with the driver of a red sedan after a high-speed chase Monday. (Source: CBS 5 News)
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

Mesa police officers used tear gas to force a driver who threatened suicide out of his car after he led police on a car chase that reached speeds up to 100 mph in the East Valley.

Brandon Gonzaga, 25, had been sought by law enforcement after his brother reported he was missing, acting strangely and had a weapon.

Gonzaga was seen Sunday night at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, where he threatened to kill his girlfriend and himself, Gilbert police said.

An off-duty Maricopa County sheriff's deputy saw him and called for additional officers, but Gonzaga eluded them.

He was seen again early Monday morning near the campus of Arizona State University-East and when Mesa police were called, he was gone again. Police later spotted his car in Mesa and the chase began.

The incident ended about 9:30 a.m. behind a building in an industrial area just south of U.S. Highway 60 and between Stapley and Mesa drives.

Gonzaga had driven to a locked fence behind the building, where he refused to get out of his car. Officers fired tear gas into the car after he threatened to shoot himself.

After several seconds, Gonzaga fell out of the driver's side of the car onto the pavement, where he was taken into custody.

Police found a shotgun and handgun in the car.

Mesa police had blocked any escape behind the man's car and the SWAT unit was called in. Police evacuated the building.

No injuries were reported, even though the driver reached the high speeds, drove the wrong way in some lanes and blew through intersections in Mesa.

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